YOUR GIFTS MAKE IT HAPPEN
“Christ has no body now but yours. No hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes through which he looks compassion on this world. Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good. Yours are the hands through which he blesses all the world. Yours are the hands, yours are the feet, yours are the eyes, you are his body. Christ has no body now on earth but yours.” ~ Teresa of Avila
Since 2015, MCC Austin has been providing food through our Project Brown Bag for the approximately 85% of children and families in our area who are food insecure. In our first summer, we served sack lunches to about 100 students attending summer school at Dawson Elementary and provided food boxes to a dozen families of Dawson students.
Last summer we received a generous additional donation for Project Brown Bag and doubled the number of meals we provided. In addition to the sack lunches and food boxes for Dawson families, we delivered sack lunches to 100 students at Becker Elementary during a four-week summer session.
Project Brown Bag 2017 will begin in June and run through August.
In 2001, MCC Austin held our first worship services at our beautiful 10 acre wooded campus in South Austin. Our budget at the time did not allow us to build a traditional brick and mortar building, so we chose instead a Sprung Structure. Though at first glance visitors were often taken a little aback by such an unusual looking building, they invariably came to see it as both beautiful and as a part of the “fabric” of our worshiping community.
In 2009, we committed to building a new, larger worship space as a matter of hospitality. We did not have adequate room for all the people who wanted to worship with us, and we had reached the end of our ability to simply add more worship times.
Our new building will finally be ready for us in the spring of 2017. Our journey to completion has been unconventional, and it has been extraordinarily challenging. But we are not daunted. We believe we are participating in and witnessing a minor miracle. We are profoundly grateful for all those who have prayed for our building project and those who have given so generously of their financial resources to bring it to completion.
A Short History of a Long Season
- 2009 – Our Capital Gifts Campaign raised $1 million in pledges and collected over $800,000 of those pledges in just over 3 years.
- 2013 – We completed Phase I of our building project: pollution abatement systems and detention ponds required by the City of Austin; a new lighted parking lot that more than doubled our existing parking capacity; sidewalks and other site work in preparation for building our new sanctuary.
- 2014 – We again planned to build a traditional brick and mortar building, but the costs proved to be too high. We are a congregation that believes in good stewardship, in living within our means, and in sharing our financial resources with those in need and with other nonprofit organizations that share our Mission and Core Values. Eventually, we decided that once again we would erect a Sprung Structure. This meant we could construct an 8,500 square foot space for about 60% of the cost of traditional construction.
- 2015 – We secured our final building loan, contracted with Sprung to manufacture our new building, and hired a General Contractor. We also raised over $60,000 to purchase a new organ, a new AV system, and new upholstered chairs to furnish our new sanctuary.
- 2016 – Construction on the new building finally began in July, but only after we replaced our original contractor. In November, our second contractor encountered financial problems and stopped working on our building.
- 2017 – We brought together an amazing team of MCC Austin members to act as our contractors and began organizing the project ourselves. Completion is anticipated in Fall 2017.
“You can change the world with a hot bath, if you sink into it from a place of knowing that you are worth profound care, even when you’re dirty and rattled.” Anne Lamott
Shower the People
The City of Austin estimates that over 2,197 homeless individuals spend their days and nights on Austin’s streets. While numerous organizations and agencies in our city are working diligently on the problems of chronic homelessness, none are at this time addressing a critical need of homeless people: facilities for basic personal hygiene.
The MCC Austin Board of Directors has approved an exploratory team to begin the process of creating a mobile shower facility for people living on Austin’s streets. It’s a BIG step for us, yet one we’re ready for.
We are currently working with the City of Austin to find out what the steps are in mobilizing a shower truck. We are also looking to purchase a suitable box truck or RV that we can convert to accommodate two or more showers and changing areas.
If you want more information about our mobile shower plans or want to suggest a project or ministry, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.